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Attara Kacheri as it is popularly known in the local language is the office for the Karnataka High Court and is the official venue for conducting high court activities. Attara Kacheri in English means presiding over eighteen offices, all of which are within its glorious premises. Apart from its authoritative prominence in the legal scene of Karnataka, the structure itself is a beauty to gaze at. With a history dating way back to the 19th Century, this red brick building was built with columns, which suggest its inspiration from the mid-eighteenth century's Neo-Classical style of architecture. Attara Kacheri cannot be missed as it is right opposite the Vidhana Soudha on Rajbhavan Road.
The Vidhana Soudha houses the state legislature of Karnataka, its architecture is a vivid amalgam of the old and the new. Envisioned by Shri Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the former Chief Minister of Mysore, the glorious facade of this building is a fusion of Indo-Saracenic and traditional Dravidian styles, ornamented by a gleaming central dome, granite columns and an expansive porch. The stately building also features considerable European influences in its design. With the tricolor fluttering above it, this courtly edifice is fronted by well-manicured lawns, as well as sculptures that command much national significance. Beautifully illuminated each Sunday and on public holidays, the Vidhana Soudha is Bengaluru's pride and one of the nation's largest legislative buildings.
Mahatma Gandhi Road popularly known as the M. G. Road is the lifeline of Bengaluru city and is well connected to all the places within. Many prominent establishments and attractions like the Bible Society of India, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Cariappa Memorial Park and Field Marshal Maneckshaw Parade Grounds, all lie along this busy stretch of road. The M. G. Road bus stop is one of the busiest bus stops around. In fact, the upcoming 'Namma Metro' too will be routing through Mahatma Gandhi Road. Named after the 'Father of the nation', there is at least one M. G. Road in most of the towns and cities in India. And Bengaluru is no exception to this popularly proven fact.
Located near the Public Utility Building, Mayo Hall is a beautiful structure on the popular Mahatma Gandhi Road in Bengaluru city. The red and white facade of the building presents an eye-catching sight to all passersby and curious first-timers in the city. The ancient wooden stairs lead you to the first floor, which still has the aura of days gone by. The hall on this floor has a wooden flooring and pristine white columns bordering it. Mayo Hall is soon going to see the opening of Kempe Gowda Museum within its premises. Most of the relevant historical objects related to Kempe Gowda will be on display here, as he was a prominent figure in shaping the history of Bengaluru.
Manipal Centre in Ulsoor is a well-known business center with state-of-the-art infrastructure and well maintained premises. International educational consultants, computer dealers, Bangalore Trader's Association, hotels like the Royal Orchid Central, restaurants like Amma's and Paparazzi, and other renowned companies are all located within this bustling enclave. This hub is replete with well-qualified professionals and popular companies, all of which go into making Bengaluru, the type of metropolitan city it is known to be. And thus, fondly known as the 'Silicon Valley of India'.
Standing roughly at the center of the sprawling Lalbagh Gardens, the Glass House is a magnificent iron and glass structure built in 1889. The gleaming edifice built on the lines of the Crystal Palace in London was originally meant for growing exotic plants and features regal architecture. Today, it is one of the foremost attractions within the Lalbagh gardens and is the primary venue for the bi-annual flower shows that take place here. Evening times bring about a visual treat as the Glass House, illuminated aesthetically, glows in the fading twilight lending an ethereal beauty to the setting.
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan comes as a pleasant respite to tired eyes. Nestled in the heart of Old Bengaluru, the palace sits amid rolling, well-pruned lawns, and is ornamented with many historic inscriptions which are an escape into its thriving heyday. The palace is an airy building, of which little remains, except for the huge balconies and corridors with elegant columns and grand, Mughal arches. Primarily colored in beige and brown, the palace has many open spaces with a few rooms. The ground floor has two rooms which have been converted into a museum housing old photographs and information plaques about the Sultan and his eventful journey towards building the glorious palace. The tiger motif is a recurring symbol across the palace, and it quite explains the fact that Tipu Sultan was very fascinated by this ferocious and proud beast.
Built by the Wodeyars, Bangalore Palace, with its Tudor towers, well-pruned palace gardens and a magnificent turreted facade, makes for a spectacular sight. The opulent trajectory of its interior hearkens back to its heyday soon after its construction in the 19th Century. From curios and collectibles to rare artifacts and vintage photos of the royal family, there is grandeur displayed in every nook and corner. The king's and queen's courtyard is charming, as are their private chambers, ornamented with plush tapestries and chandeliers, overlooking well-maintained gardens. Flanked by groves of emerald trees, this palace was once a retreat for the Maharaja, away from his residence in Mysore, and today stands as an alluring canvas of unabashed elegance and regalia. Complete with a treasury of exotic paintings, winding staircases and richly-decorated halls, Bangalore Palace forges a seamless synergy between history and architectural finesse.
The T. V. Tower in Bengaluru stands tall in the busy area of Jayamahal. The tower is not only a famous landmark and meeting point but also a full-fledged functional structure to capture signals and broadcast several channels on television across the areas. This tower is the regional relay center for television and broadcasting for the state of Karnataka. Situated just near the T. V. Tower is the Doordarshan Kendra, which is a national public television broadcaster. Being a towering man-made structure, building the tower was quite a demanding feat. The entire surroundings are well-guarded under the strict surveillance of security on the premises, however, it is worth it to have a look from outside.
With its origins dating back to the 16th century, the historically significant Bull Temple or the 'Dodda Basavana Temple' is perhaps the most famous temple in Bengaluru. In fact, the neighborhood- Basavanagudi derives its name from this temple, as Basavanagudi in Kannada means Bull Temple. The monolithic stone idol of Nandi lies majestically upon the crest of the Bugle hill in Basavanagudi. Fifteen feet high, this is one of the biggest Nandi idols in the world which was constructed by Kempe Gowda who formed the city of Bengaluru. The ascending gopuram (monumental tower) was built in the true Dravidian style. The sacred Nandi bull is worshipped by several devotees and the farmers offer their harvest to it each year. These offerings see a festive occasion called the 'Groundnut Festival' or 'Madalena Parishe' or 'Kadalekaye Parishe'. The Bull Temple is a must visit both for its historical importance and to show devotion to Nandi, the sacred vahana of Lord Shiva. It is situated near the Doddaganapathi Temple.